The Coast / Midway

Historic Dorchester Academy & Museum

8787 E. Oglethorpe Hwy.
Midway, GA 31320

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  • The Room where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stayed. Photo by Tammy Lee Bradley

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  • Inside the Museum. Photo by Tammy Lee Bradley

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  • Entrance to the Grounds of Dorchester Academy. Photo by Tammy Lee Bradley

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Dorchester Academy was founded after the Civil War as a school for freed slaves. By 1917, the fully-accredited high school had eight frame buildings and 300 students. This African American historic site hosted Dr. Martin Luther King's planning meetings for his 1963 march on Birmingham. Dorchester Academy is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a National Landmark in 2006.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Tuesday: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
    Wednesday: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
    Thursday: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
    Friday: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
    Saturday: 2:00PM - 4:00PM

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Parking on Site, Self-guided Tours

    General Information


    Near Interstate Highway


    Special Tags

    Civil Rights

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • 17th Annual Walk to Dorchester

    17th Annual Walk to Dorchester

    06/17/2017 - 06/17/2017

    Join us for a 9.5 mile walk starting at Briar Bay Park and ending at Dorchester Academy in Midway, Ga., on June 17 at 6 a.m. This walk is to honor the African American students who completed this trek in order to attend school here. Dorchester Academy was established in 1871 by the American Missionary Association to educate newly freed slaves.

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